- Ys – Joanna Newsom
No doubt the best album of the year – beautiful, ambtitious, unique and utterly engrossing – it deserves a bit of effort.
- II – Espers
Sweet, cool and enveloping folkiness
- I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass – Yo La Tengo
A mish-mash of all the good things about Yo La Tengo, probably shouldn’t work as an album but it does.
- The Cannibal Sea – The Essex Green
I sort of missed blogging about this but I keep coming back to it.
- The Greatest – Cat Power
Another darling of the critics – I maybe am more mainstream than I’d like to think!
- Let’s Get Out Of The Country – Camera Obscura
Sweet, sweet, sweet Scottish pop made in Sweden.
- Visible Forms – Audrey
Sweet, sweet, sweet Swedish pop made in Sweden.
- On Leaving – Nina Nastasia
She is turning out such consistently great albums.
- Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain – Sparklehorse
More of the same from Linkous, but you won’t find me complaining.
- You Are My Home – Rivulets
- Citrus – Asobi Seksu
These days it’s hard for me to drag my old and aching body out to gigs but here are a few I enjoyed (and can remember) this year…
- Espers + Edith Frost @ The Bush Hall
- Yo La Tengo @ The Bush Hall
- J. Spaceman @ The Queen Elizabeth Hall
- Audrey + Musika 77 @ The Water Rats
- The Clientele @ The Spitz
Played artists (according to last.fm)
- Galaxie 500
- Yo La Tengo
- Joanna Newsom
- The Clientele
- Cat Power
- Camera Obscura
Some I saw and loved in 2006 (some I’d seen before, some I hadn’t)
- Corpse Bride (2005)
- Almost Famous (2000)
- Brazil (1985)
- Adaptation (2002)
- Twelve Monkeys (1995)
- The River (1951)
- Batman Begins (2005)
- A Mighty Wind (2003)
- Fight Club (1999)
- Serenity (2005)
Things that made me feel good
if it’s possible we seem to be getting on even better than we ever have – even if she doesn’t get Joanna Newsom (yet!)
Occasionally infuriating, but funny and fun and when he tries talented!
- A Head Full of Wishes and the Galaxie 500 Mailing List
OK – a pretty quiet year for both but I still get a buzz out of them – and it’s because of them that I ocasionally have email from Dean, Damon and Naomi – and nothing can surely make a fan feel better than that!
- The Internet
Things that made me feel depressed
- The British government
I can’t seem to put into words just how pissed off I am with Blair and the spineless folk around him.
- The Music Industry
Evil, greedy, selfish and rich. They don’t care about music and one day everyone will realise that they don’t need them anymore.
- My job (and the BBC)
Slowly falling apart and being sold off to the highest bidder with little care and long-term thinking – it too will finally fall apart and become little more than a commissioning house.